Crime writer Elmore Leonard died this morning at age 87 after suffering a stroke in late July. Though he was born in New Orleans and moved around a lot, Leonard spent time in Dallas as a kid. He wrote more than 40 novels - and gave us the ever-helpful '10 Rules Of Good Writing,' endorsed by Art&Seek's own Jerome Weeks.
Leave out adverbs, skip description, and keep the writer out of sight. By Elizabeth A. Brown / January 15, 2008 When my teenage son picked up Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Good Writing, it fell open to Rule 3: "Never use a verb other than 'said' to carry dialogue."